Powder burnPowder burn: arson, money, and mystery on Vail Mountain
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2001.
ISBN: 1586480030 ISBN13: 9781586480035 DDC: 364.164 LCC: HV8079
Summary:"In the Pre-Dawn Hours of October 19, 1998, a commando-style arson
destroyed or damaged $12 million worth of chair lifts and mountaintop
buildings at Vail, Colorado, the largest ski resort in the United
States. The timing of the fires indicated a calculated attack, since
the fires were set on the same day the ski area's owners were about
to begin construction for a controversial expansion into an
old-growth forest on federally owned land.
Within days, an e-mail arrived from a little-known radical
environmental group known as the Earth Liberation Front, claiming
credit for the arson "in the name of the lynx," a rare species whose
habitat was disappearing in this rapidly developing part of Colorado.
But the ELF's claim of credit was never substantiated, and the number
of potential suspects grew in direct proportion to the number of
enemies that the ski area's owners had made.".
"Powder Burn is the story of a particular kind of trouble in
paradise. At the time of the fires, Vail and its environs had become
a powder keg of social and economic unrest, and much of the tension
revolved around the locals' frustration with Vail Resorts, Inc., the
company that owns Vail ski area and neighboring Beaver Creek.".
"Daniel Glick takes readers on a ride through this bizarre town full
of bombastic characters to lay bare the growing pains of a
breathtakingly beautiful region. In the forty years since Vail's
founding fathers literally carved the resort out of a high-altitude
lettuce patch, the resort's fortunes have mirrored the fortunes of
what has become known as the "New West," as well as the "new economy"
run by modern cowboys and lifestyle refugees.
Vail has been in the vanguard of the tremendous social, cultural, and
economic changes that have transformed the Rocky Mountain West,
displacing the ranchers, miners, and loggers in favor of the
multinational corporations and Fortune 500 executives who visit their
12,000-square-foot trophy homes only a couple weeks out of the
Maps on lining papers.
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LCC Number: HV8079
Book Details:Language: eng
Physical Description: xvi, 269 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
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